Spotlight Series: Jazmine Ruvalcaba

February 26, 2021

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Time and time again, the Palo Alto College community has proved that there is never a shortage of hope or helping hands in times of adversity. 

During the aftermath of February’s winter storm, when many in San Antonio were left without power and water, Jazmine Ruvalcaba, a student of Veterinary Technology at Palo Alto College, took it upon herself to ensure the animals housed in the program were clean, safe, and fed.

“I went to help out with the animals in our program because it just had to be done. I also didn’t want any other students or staff to risk driving all this way [on icy roads] when I was so close,” said Ruvalcaba. “Luckily, I have the experience in caring for a large number of animals because of where I work. It was more of a challenge without electricity and limited water sources, but I was happy to make it work.”

During what would have been her first week of clinical management, she had the chance to spend time with the animals and watch the dogs play in the snow while she let them out.

“It definitely didn’t go as planned, but the experience was well worth it,” said Ruvalcaba. “I’m always happy to help, especially when it comes to the wellbeing of our animals; of course, that’s why I joined the vet tech program!”

Ruvalcaba, who already has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in zoology, hopes to take her career even further by specializing in exotic animals after completing the Palo Alto College program.

“The goal is Africa! I’d love to work in conservation and rehabilitation of endangered species,” said Ruvalcaba.

Students pursuing a degree in animal care at the College receive formal training from an established, fully-accredited American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Veterinary Technology program and gain the skills necessary to become a veterinary technician. To learn more, visit the Veterinary Technology website at